The realization hit this morning that this year marks the tenth anniversary of Soulforce, the direct-action civil-rights group founded by the Rev. Mel White and Gary Nixon. The justice-minded organization, which uses and teaches Gandhian principles of nonviolence, exists to stand up for GLBT equality in the nation’s churches — fighting intolerance with relentless love, admirable persistence, and a willingness to be arrested if necessary. Its membership — my much-missed family — is made up of diverse people: gay, het, bi, trans, young, old, single, married, and they are a wonderful crew. I was there with them in the beginning and, sadly, my personal misfortunes have kept me away for a few years now, but my support remains constant and my love for Mel and Gary and all involved only increases as the years go by. But a decade… time certainly flies.
In honor of my beloved Soulforce, I want to share this tenth anniversary video produced by the organization. Join in the fight to make US churches finally become what Jesus wanted his churches to be — loving places where all are welcomed and respected equally. The next 10 years surely will be even better: Check out their youth initiatives and Equality Ride. And do what you can to make the nation’s faith communities more loving places for everyone.
Happy anniversary, Soulforce!